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How to see who is calling from that unknown phone number

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How to see who is calling from that unknown phone number
Getting a phone call from a number you don't recognize can be annoying. Sometimes you simply don't know whether you should pick up or not. Is it the National Weather Service calling to inform you that they chose the name you submitted for the next hurricane, or is it a debt collector that wants to know what you are up to? Or perhaps just a friend who switched to a new number?

There are reverse phone lookup web sites that can be of use in such a case, and WhoIsThisPhone is one of them. The service has been online for only a few months, yet over 1.3 million queries have already been processed.


Here is how WhoIsThisPhone works:

Just open the WhoIsThisPhone web site and input the number you want to look up. It does not matter whether it is a landline or a cellular phone. As long as it is a phone number within the United States, it should work. Voila! Now you have some basic information about the caller behind the queried phone number, including the line type, service provider, and geographical location.

Submit a phone number to WhoIsThisPhone and see who it belongs to
Submit a phone number to WhoIsThisPhone and see who it belongs to

Submit a phone number to WhoIsThisPhone and see who it belongs to



For anything beyond that, however, you will have to take out your credit card. A single trace report costs $14.95, but signing up for a $49.95 1-year unlimited membership appears to be a much better deal. For an extra $4.95 you get people search, reverse IP address search, and other minor goodies. The disclaimer on the web page states that if your search yields no results, your account will not be charged. In exchange for your money you get the name of the owner of the queried phone number, their most current address, and even people who he or she might know or live with.

But what if I am getting a call from a masked phone number?

There is a way around that too, but it will again require you to pay a subscription fee on a monthly basis. There is a service called TrapCall that can unmask blocked phone numbers for your convenience. Best thing about it is that it should work on most phones, according to what is stated on the service's web page. If you want to take full advantage of the service, however, downloading the TrapCall app for your iPhone, Android, or Windows Phone device is recommended. 


As we mentioned, TrapCall is not free. A basic plan costs $4.95, while a full-featured subscription will set you back $24.95 monthly. There is a $9.95 option too that includes anything from the premium package, sans the option to record incoming calls.

TrapCall subscriptions start from $4.95 per month

TrapCall subscriptions start from $4.95 per month



What do you think about WhoIsThisPhone and TrapCall? Are they services that you might consider signing up for one day? Let us know by dropping a comment!

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posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:39 4

1. mrvid (Posts: 75; Member since: 02 Oct 2008)


Useless info! There's a thousand sites out there with same info!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:55

15. SherlockHolmes (Posts: 125; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


Go to TRUECALLER Website and download app for your devices !!
It will display the name of the unknown person calling you as soon as the call or message reach you !!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:42 4

2. ajac09 (Posts: 1367; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)


fail. Give people the free options not the paid for advertising your doing here

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:43 4

3. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4010; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


If it's a blocked/masked number I just don't answer. Hell if it's a number that I don't recognize I don't answer either. They can leave a message & give their number if the REALLY need to talk to me. I won't be needing this.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:50 3

4. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


Are you kidding me??? Why is this a news item/article??? What's next, one about using Google to find out info about anything???

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 09:53 3

5. MATOZ (Posts: 71; Member since: 10 Aug 2011)


As AJAC09 said, who cares paid services!!, we need free services too.
TrapCall once was a free service, in one on their options, but now are only paid services.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:09 2

6. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


There is a serial thumber downer out there!!!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:12 2

7. cj100570 (Posts: 204; Member since: 12 May 2009)


What a bunch of whining $&%#@&'s.... The info may not be useful to you but I'm sure someone finds it useful.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:23

8. andro. (Posts: 1949; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


This surely violates all data protection laws.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:49

9. Astreo (Posts: 99; Member since: 05 May 2011)


seriously ? most current address ? household members ? this is not something id like anyone to just have access to.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 15:25

24. iami67 (Posts: 318; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


yellowpages does all this too its been around since the home phone was invented

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 10:58

10. Cugino2007 (Posts: 8; Member since: 31 Mar 2012)


Whiteboard.com does the same reverse lookup but for free.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:12

11. steven252000 (Posts: 64; Member since: 10 Feb 2010)


Poynt has the same feature too.....and it is free.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:16

12. ibap (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


The headline says it tells you "who". Wrong!

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:28 1

13. ashb22 (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Jun 2012)


Just to see what would happen, I entered my cell phone number. It said "successfully traced" and offered to sell me a full report. Problem is, it claims the number is for a land line. And I've had this phone number for six years. I guess that's good, since I don't want them tracing my number.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 12:54

14. CellieCell (Posts: 84; Member since: 14 Apr 2010)


sometimes I really don't mind back tracking to the 1990's where we didn't rely on the world wide web for everything! and where you could get more than 4 gallons of gas for $5, and where people actually socialized in person. there is a time where you gotta say to much is too much.

posted on 19 Jun 2012, 22:22 1

22. GoBears (Posts: 349; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


No. He's just excited because he's reading about how his pathetic home screen is possibly going from 4x4 grid of apps to 4x5. Yes sir, IOS is sure exciting!

posted on 25 Jan 2013, 23:52

25. frustrated3 (Posts: 1; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


phonenumberreporter.com is a new site to consider.

posted on 30 May 2013, 02:56

26. prashant12322 (Posts: 1; Member since: 30 May 2013)


there are many apps that can help you to know who is your call. one of the is True caller Global directory. know about it at techinmech.blogspot.in/2013/02/truecaller-global-d​irectory-app-that.html

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